World War II Memorial Dedication Set
The National World War II Memorial being built on the Mall will be dedicated May 29, 2004, the project's sponsor announced.
"With construction on schedule for completion in spring 2004, we want to give veterans and their families plenty of time to make travel plans," said retired Marine Corps General P.X. Kelley, chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission, the project's sponsor. "Unfortunately, fewer than 4 million of the 16 million Americans who served in uniform during the war are expected to be alive when the memorial is dedicated. We lose 1,100 World War II vets each day, so the dedication cannot come too soon."
The commission said the dedication celebration may include a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral and a World War II-themed exhibition on the Mall staged in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
The memorial was authorized by Congress in 1993, and construction began in September 2001. It will be located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
Veterans Day Road Closures Planned
Several Washington streets will be closed for several hours today for various Veterans Day events.
A stretch of Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and 17th streets will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual Veterans Day parade.
For the 80th anniversary of the American Legion Post Charter, D Street SE will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Second and Third streets.
And from 4 to 8 p.m., F Street NW will be closed between Sixth and Seventh streets, for Military Night, an event that showcases military vehicles and personnel.
Forum to Focus on Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian safety will be the topic of a regional forum tomorrow night in Fairfax County.
Elected officials from Virginia and Maryland will be on hand, along with pedestrian advocates, to discuss education, enforcement and engineering improvements for the safety of walkers.
The meeting will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8592 Richmond Highway (Route 1). It is being sponsored by the Safe Crossings Coalition of Fairfax and the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Van Driver Sought After Friday Incidents
Manassas police are looking for a man they say tried to pull children into his minivan in three incidents Friday afternoon.
About 3:15 p.m., police said, two 13-year-old girls were walking home from school when a man called out to them, asking for directions. When the girls approached the van, he grabbed their arms, but they escaped and ran home. About five minutes later, a van of the same description approached a 15-year-old Osbourn High School student, according to police. When she approached the driver's side, she was grabbed. She also pulled free.
A few minutes after the second incident, police said, a van of the same description pulled up near a group of 3- and 4-year-old children, and the driver asked the children if they wanted to go with him. The van sped away after a 15-year-old boy called out to the driver and ran toward the van, according to a police spokesman.
In all three incidents, the driver was described as in his twenties, with a slim build and a short Afro hairstyle. He was wearing a black T-shirt. Police described the vehicle as maroon or burgundy, a late 1980s to early 1990s Dodge Caravan or similar model minivan. Witnesses told police that newspapers covered all the windows except the windshield and front seat windows.
Anyone with information can call the Manassas City Police Department at 703-257-8000 or the confidential tip line at 703-330-0330.
Apparent Grave Robbers Come Up Empty
Albemarle County authorities say grave robbers apparently tried to dig up the remains of Reuben Lewis, the younger brother of famous explorer Meriwether Lewis.
Someone moved a concrete slab and dug nearly three feet before giving up. The grave is in a private family cemetery. Police say it may have been disturbed Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
Reuben Lewis died in 1844. Meriwether Lewis died in 1809, at age 35, and is buried in Tennessee.
The bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition that opened up the West is being celebrated beginning at Monticello in January.
Man Charged in Girlfriend's Slaying
A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged Saturday with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Prince George's County police said.
Police said Danielle Hurley, 23, of the 1900 block of County Road in District Heights was found Saturday inside her vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper body.
Police said Hurley and her boyfriend, Marqui Moore of the same address, were sitting in her car at Arcadia Avenue and Shell Street in Capitol Heights about 2:30 p.m. when an argument broke out, police said. Moore allegedly shot Hurley once with a handgun. He was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bail last night at the county jail.
Driver, Horse Killed in Collision
A 64-year-old man was killed early yesterday after his vehicle struck a horse that was walking along rural, two-lane Frederick Road, Montgomery County police said.
Mbainyeya Nwobegono, of the 900 block of Punjab Circle in Essex, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene, adjacent to Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg.
Police said Nwobegono was southbound in his 1996 Dodge Stratus about 1 a.m. when it hit the horse, which also died at the scene. Upon impact, the car veered into the northbound lanes and came to rest in a wooded area. Police said yesterday that the horse's owner had not been found, and they asked anyone with information to call the Collision Reconstruction Section at 301-840-2435.
"I guess it makes me happy in the sense it will give some closure to this whole situation. We'll get to find out what happened, what it was that made him do such a vicious act. I just feel very angry."
-- Wright Sigmund, the half brother of Prescott Sigmund
who was severely injured in the garage blast
that authorities say was meant for their father. -- Page B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Jamie Stockwell, Christina A. Samuels and Marylou Tousignant and the Associated Press.